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Pianist David Azarian Killed in Car Accident

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By John McElhenny, Globe Correspondent, 3/31/2003

Jazz pianist who fled the Soviet Union to pursue his musical dreams in America was killed Saturday evening when he was struck by a sport utility vehicle while changing a tire on the side of busy Interstate 93 in Stoneham.

David Azarian, 51, was replacing a driver-side tire on his minivan in the breakdown lane when the SUV, driven by a Swampscott woman, plowed into his car. Azarian's wife and two daughters, ages 4 and 9, witnessed the crash, State Police said.

Azarian, a native of Armenia who came to the United States on a 10-day visa in 1989 and never left, died at the scene.

“Once in a lifetime, we get the opportunity to see something so wonderful, so good that you'll do anything you can to help that person do their art,

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